“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”
― Helen Keller
The FLPN aims to foster strong links with locally based providers, who operate as part of or alongside the family law system, to enhance collaboration and improve the overall assistance provided to separated and separating families. To achieve this the FLPN offers a variety of professional development opportunities and a conference each year to support people working across family law, child protection and children and family services in Grafton, Coffs Harbour and the Nambucca and Bellingen Valleys. It also distributes a newsletter highlighting recent research and resources to a membership of over 500 people.
The Coffs Harbour FLPN was established in 2007 when a successful funding application was submitted to the Attorney-General’s Department by the Interrelate Reference Group. The new network was named the Coffs Harbour Interagency Pathways Services – CHIPS.
CHIPS had humble beginnings with a very limited budget but the dedication of the Steering Committee saw the roll out of a Services Expo and the first ever FLPN Conference in Coffs Harbour in 2008.
Today, the FLPN has a network of over 800 professionals and organisations in the Mid North Coast and our Steering Committee has representation from Legal Aid, Interrelate, Aboriginal Legal Society, Warrina Women and Children’s refuge, Dads in Distress, Mediation Solutions, and MYP Law.